If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how important mindfulness is to me & how much I love to discuss the strong connection between mindfulness & self-expression in boudoir photography.
As the subject of a boudoir photoshoot, it’s an incredibly transformative experience. Yet, in its simplest, most elementary terms, you are a muse, you are the focal point, the art — you are a masterpiece! When it comes to art, mindfulness is vital.
Take this quote for instance:
“Meditation helps you be here in your body and in your senses to notice what you’re seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and feeling in your emotional life. ” Anne Cushman.
The journey of self-discovery & emotional growth necessitates periods of self-compassion, tranquility, & mindfulness. Let’s get into this connection even more!
Let Go… With The Help Of Mindfulness
Mindfulness enables us to articulate our feelings openly, rather than stifle or bury them. In doing so, we cultivate emotional intelligence, which is the skill of recognizing, harnessing, & valuing our emotions.
This is pivotal for allowing yourself to fully let go in your boudoir shoot… you are living in the moment, rooted in your real self.
With intentional focus, you tap into a level of profound awareness, enhancing the vividness of your openness. Being fully engaged in your artistic, sensual, spectacular boudoir shoot heightens your presence at the moment, enriching your overall experience with yourself so much so that the world appears more luminous when you step (strut or stomp) back into it.
The thing is, when we live in our mind, we can become preoccupied & obsessed with whatever’s happening in there… including harsh self-criticism. This mindset can stifle our spirit. During a boudoir shoot, that can compromise your session & lower your confidence.
The power of being mindful & living in the present moment is what happens when we learn to trust ourselves, tune into our innate creative outputs, & allow them to manifest without judgment. Through gentleness & kindness, self-expression will feel natural, exciting & not intimidating. It will feel right, as you move through the session aware of your body & its power.
The words “mindful” & “mindfulness” sometimes scare people off. You’d be surprised how many people think it’s some super “woo woo” approach to life.
The reality is mindfulness is expansive & adaptable!
You can learn to concentrate on the here & now, becoming attuned to your internal & external experiences—your thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, & surroundings. Observing these elements without passing judgment is the essence of mindfulness.
Mindfulness isn’t some unrealistic journey to perpetual bliss. Rather, it’s the practice of resisting the urge to avoid discomfort while chasing only what feels good. The outcome is a more balanced relationship with your thoughts & emotions, enabling you to handle whatever life throws at you. Including your boudoir shoot!
What does mindfulness look like?
- Deep Breathing: Take a few minutes to focus on your breath, feeling each inhale fill your lungs & each exhale to release tension/stress
- Mindful Eating: Savor each bite of your meal, paying attention to the varied textures, flavors, & smells.
- Walking Meditation: Walking slowly & deliberately, being aware of each step, the sensation of your feet touching the ground, & the environment around you.
- Body Scan: Mentally scan your body from head to toe, noting any sensations, tension, or discomfort without trying to change anything.
- Active Listening: Giving someone your complete attention during a conversation, without planning your next response or letting your mind wander.
- Observing Nature: Spending time outdoors, noticing the colors, sounds, & smells around you, from the chirping of birds to the rustle of leaves.
- Journaling: Write down your thoughts, feelings, or experiences in a non-judgmental way, allowing you to reflect & become aware of your internal state.
- Chores: Next time you do household tasks, like washing dishes or sweeping the floor, mindfully focus solely on the task at hand, the feel of the water, or the motion of the broom.
- Single-Tasking: Choose one activity & do it with full attention, rather than multitasking & dividing your focus.
- Sketching & Coloring: Experiment with freehand doodles or fill in the pages of a coloring book. There are no guidelines here, so just enjoy the creative process.
Each of these examples encourages you to engage fully with the present moment, enhancing your awareness & fostering a more mindful approach to life.
You don’t have to be an expert to give it a go!
With time & practice, mindfulness plays a pivotal role in enhancing self-expression by creating a space of inner clarity & emotional regulation. When you’re actively mindful, you’re more attuned to your thoughts, emotions, & impulses, which allows you to better understand what you genuinely feel or think.
This self-awareness makes it easier to articulate yourself, emotions, & needs more authentically & clearly, which is incredible to witness in a boudoir environment.
How Embodied Art Boudoir Infuses Mindfulness In Every Shoot
While I encourage the power of mindfulness for all, you do not have to be an expert—or anything even close—to tap into it for your boudoir shoot.
As long as you have an open mind, we can work on mindfulness practice in the shoot & before to help ease you into it, allowing increased self-expression.
- Body-scan meditation happens before every shoot. It invites energy into your body, releasing nerves & prepping you for the shoot ahead.
- I encourage setting intentions before the photoshoot. You can read more about that here!
- I organize intentional pauses throughout the shoot, to regroup & encourage you by showing you the photos of your rocking body & self.
- Maybe I’m biased but my studio is curated for Zen & mindfulness, & can be adjusted per your request. This can look like softer lighting, music/no music…etc!
The Connection Between Mindfulness and Self-Expression in Boudoir Photography
Mindfulness helps you to remove the automatic judgments & filters that often distort or inhibit self-expression.
By observing your internal experience without judgment, you learn to detach from self-critical thoughts that may prevent you from sharing your true self with the world.
As you become more comfortable in this non-judgmental awareness, the barriers to self-expression start to dissolve, giving way to a more genuine, confident, & articulate version of yourself. Luckily, i’ll be there the whole time to snatch the memories for you to review day after day.
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